Restaurants in Paris

Apr 27th, 2014, 06:37 PM
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Restaurants in Paris

Four of us will be traveling to Paris for 4 days in a couple of weeks. We are staying at the Elysees Opera Hotel. We would like ideas for dinner in the min to mod price range and would treat ourselves to one special meal. We are going to Versailes for a day so something in this area would also be an option. We also have tickets for the Moulin Rouge late showing, so a dinner in that region prior to the show would also be a possibility. We prefer the less touristy places. We would rather eat and drink where the locals do. We would be willing to walk or use the metro/cab. Also, would you recommend places nearby for a traditional French breakfast.
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Apr 27th, 2014, 06:42 PM
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Isn't a traditional French breakfast bread and coffee, or just coffee? You can get that anywhere.
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Apr 27th, 2014, 06:56 PM
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Right by your hotel, I like Neva Cuisine. 30-40 euros for 2 or 3 courses. The chef and pastry chef were formerly at La Grande Cascade.

A traditional French breakfast is just coffee and viennoiserie and/or bread. Perhaps look for a bakery. This one looks close by
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Apr 27th, 2014, 07:17 PM
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You're going to the Moulin Rouge, but prefer "less touristy places?"

At Versailles just eat at one of the schlocky places on the grounds or go into town and find a nice café.

Any café serves a traditional French breakfast, which is a croissant or a tartine with butter and jam and coffee.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 08:28 AM
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Hey sken,

What, specifically, do you mean by "min to mod"?
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Apr 28th, 2014, 08:47 AM
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Don't worry about "less touristy." You are going to the Moulin Rouge and Versailles - just embrace it.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 09:37 AM
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Check out

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Apr 28th, 2014, 10:11 AM
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Exactly what is the min to mod price range in euros?
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Apr 28th, 2014, 11:17 AM
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hey, I believe you can want regular restaurants and still want to go to Moulin Rouge, why not. Tons of people on here do all kinds of touristy things in Paris all the time, like going up the Eiffel Tower, don't know why the snark. There is a difference to me as to what you do versus where you want to eat a lot.

okay, one of my favorite upscale cafes is around the opera, and it is beautiful, too. It is Le Grand Cafe (open 24/7). They do steak well, for one thing. I consider it moderate but you may call it expensive
I'm sure some locals eat there, but it is probably more full of tourists, actually. But it's authentic.

It's not really that near your hotel, actually, your hotel isn't really near the opera, it's between the Rome and LIege metro stops. I don't know that area for dining, I have been there to walk around as there are a lot of good sheet music stores in that area. Actually, I do stay a bit to the east of there in the 9th, there is a nice cafe at place de Clichy.

An authentic French breakfast would be grabbing some roll or croissant and coffee from a chain vendor, like Brioche Doree. Don't worry, just look around when you get there to find a bakery or place like that.
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Apr 28th, 2014, 11:44 AM
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Very sensible, Christina.

And if you want something more than a croissant and coffee, any cafe will make you a ham and cheese sandwich. It's your money.

Brioche Doree and Paul are two bakery chains where you ( and a lot of French people) can buy sweet or savory pastries and sandwiches. I don't remember seeing coffee at a Paul except in a railway station, but maybe I haven't looked hard enough.
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Apr 29th, 2014, 08:50 AM
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We ate lunch in Versailles at a charming creperie, I think called A La Cote Bretonne (rec. by Rick Steves), which had wonderful galettes (buckwheat crepes). A relatively short walk from the chateau to the town.
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Apr 29th, 2014, 05:26 PM
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Thanks everyone. I'll check out their sits on line- or just wing it which can be fun too.
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Apr 29th, 2014, 08:07 PM
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Before the Moulin Rouge, you could go to the Brasserie Wepler at Place de Clichy, 140 blvd de Clichy. They are open continuously, as most brasseries are, so the timing of the meal before the show won't be as tricky as it might be at a restaurant that doesn't open until 7:30 as many do. I have been there several times and like it.

I second Patty's recommendation of Neva Cuisine (in fact we were there together at a Fodor's get-together and it was terrific).
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Apr 30th, 2014, 05:25 AM
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Thanks Patty for the great tips. !!
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Apr 30th, 2014, 09:24 AM
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There are many new and reportedly good, restaurants in and near Pigalle, not far from Moulin Rouge, where you might not find too many tourists.

And this wine and food bar, opened by a well-known chef from New York:
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Apr 30th, 2014, 10:11 AM
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This phrase "min to mod price range" has no meaning. Speak in dollars or Euros and cents.

The options are generally limitless. You're better off with food purveyors that self-describe as brasseries, not restaurants.
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